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– by Anthony Esteves

Jamie Lee Curtis’ role as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter’s Halloween back in 1978 is responsible for propelling the young actress to Hollywood stardom. After achieving the status of “Scream Queen” (due to roles in Halloween II, The Fog, Prom Night, and Terror Train), Curtis would go on to add to her resume performances in Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda, My Girl, Forever Young, and True Lies before reprising her role as Strode in 1998’s Halloween H20.

Related – Jamie Lee Curtis Explains How Laurie Strode 40 years Later Differs From Laurie In Halloween H20

Now, Curtis is once again stepping into the shoes of the lone survivor of Michael Myers’ Haddonfield massacre in this year’s David Gordon Green-directed Halloween, which marks the 40th anniversary of the 1978 classic. Recently, Curtis explained what about this installment made her excited to jump back in to the franchise that made her a star.

“… First my agent called me and said his name. Right away I was like, ‘Mm-hmm, what is it?’ He said, ‘Well, just letting you know Jason Blum might be calling.’ I think it was that. Then Jake [Gyllenhaal] called me because he had done Stronger with David. If you haven’t seen that, it was f**king mind-blowing. What Jake said to me was: ‘I’ve never had a better time on a movie. I’ve never worked with more inventive, fun director. He would like to talk to you.’ The confluence of this … and then finding out that Malek [Akkad] representing basically the Akkad legacy was going to … wasn’t like Malek was … you know what I mean? We weren’t omitting. All of a sudden, John [Carpenter] was going to be involved, Malek was producing, Jason was producing and then I read the script.'”

Curtis continues:

Really, David tried to pitch the movie, and I said, ‘You know what? …’ I said, ‘Just let me read it.’ Within an hour I called him. Maybe, a hour-and-a-half. Right away I knew. Right away. From the opening frames of this girl Allyson, my granddaughter, in her bedroom in Haddonfield opening the louvered closet and pulling the light to get her sweater for school, I was like, ‘Okay, I totally know where this is going.’ It’s homaging and yet it’s an entirely new story. It’s fantastic. Fantastic. I mean it was … literally was like, ‘Okay, thanks.'”

Halloween opens nationwide October 19th.

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Source: Halloween Press conference.